For automated driving to be safe, you need detailed HD maps that are constantly updated. With driving gradually shifting from humans to machines, the role and scope of digital maps must go beyond turn-by-turn navigation and be built specifically for self-driving vehicles. The TomTom HD Map is the next generation, delivering highly accurate, up-to-date and realistic representations of the road.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Market-leading technology for self-driving vehicles
Since its launch in 2015, the TomTom HD Map has been integrated into successful R&D projects with 4 of the top 5 global automakers. We are the market leader, with our map in autonomous vehicles produced by top automakers around the world*. We are also the first HD map supplier to achieve broad highway coverage of the U.S., Europe and East Asia.
* Based on 2018 car production volumes, excluding China (source: IHS).
Extended sensor range
The TomTom HD Map works with the vehicle’s onboard sensors to validate and prioritize the info they provide. Our map gives context to the vehicle’s surroundings, acting as a safety net that sees road signs, lights and around corners.
Improved sensor perception
Is it a tail light, traffic light or street light? In complex environments, the TomTom HD Map helps locate and identify signs, lights, poles and other objects to help self-driving vehicles make sense of their surroundings.
Sensor-agnostic localization layers
A self-driving car needs to know where it is at all times. The TomTom HD Map helps vehicles know their exact location on the road – down to the centimeter. TomTom RoadDNA works with any sensor layout to enhance positioning with localization map layers that contain multiple sets of format-friendly data. This accurate, robust localization retains position awareness, especially in poor weather.
Safer path planning
Changing lanes, taking exits and other on-the-road maneuvers are complex for self-driving vehicles. The TomTom HD Map helps vehicles plan a path along any route and execute it safely.
How do we efficiently deliver the latest TomTom HD Map? TomTom AutoStream.
To ensure the automated driving system has access to the latest road information, we developed the TomTom AutoStream delivery service, which efficiently provides the most recent and relevant HD map data. AutoStream comes with onboard client software and can be extended with an ADASIS horizon provider, which communicates map content to ADAS ECUs in the vehicle using a standard data format. This makes TomTom AutoStream a complete, ready-for-integration solution.
To improve driver safety in all automated driving scenarios, a comprehensive product portfolio is needed. Therefore, TomTom has developed detailed and accurate HD maps, as well as ADAS maps for driver assistance, AutoStream for efficient map delivery, onboard client software and more.
With 30 years of map-making experience, 1.5 million ADAS customers and the TomTom HD Map used for OEM L2-3 projects, we are the market leader. This grants us unique insights how HD maps contribute to safe autonomous driving and make us the most reliable and proven HD map partner.
Safe autonomous driving rely on fast maps that minimize time from a change in reality to map updates. TomTom's transactional map-making engine, AutoStream and multi-source HD mapping of combining professional data with crowdsourced input, lead to faster updates for highest quality maps.
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